Job Description

Cameron University
Resident Assistant 2020-2021 – Office of Student Housing

POSITION: The position of Resident Assistant (RA) within the Office of Student Housing is a live-in, 9 month (August-May), para-professional position that requires the RA to reside in their designated area of responsibility. The RA is responsible for maintaining and fostering a community of 20-50 residents. RAs report to a Student Housing professional staff member.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Resident Assistants at Cameron University are required to fulfill a diverse set of duties and responsibilities. These duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to administrative, counseling, programmatic, and policy enforcement. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application, and must maintain a 2.5 GPA the entirety of their time as a Resident Assistant.
  • Must maintain full-time academic status throughout the entire contract year.
  • Must be in good academic standing throughout the entire contract year.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to work with a diverse group of students in a residential environment, and have high resolve in finding solutions to difficult situations.
  • Must have good time management skills, and must maintain a high level of visibility and availability to residents.
  • Must demonstrate superior leadership skills.
  • Must work a pre-determined desk shift and serve on an on-call rotation. 
  • Will plan and execute several social, educational, and passive programs throughout the academic year.
  • Must be of strong mind and will. The Resident Assistant position requires high levels of adaptability and responsibility. Resident Assistants deal with a variety of student issues on a daily basis and must have the knowledge, maturity, empathy, and understanding to help students navigate these issues. 
  • Will also serve an essential role in policy enforcement. Resident Assistants must develop and maintain a good working knowledge of housing policy and be prepared to enforce these policies fairly across the board.
  • Must be observant and sensitive to issues going on in the residential community and be proactive in resolving them before they turn into major concerns.
  • Must demonstrate a high level of professionalism, promote scholarship, and serve as an advocate for Cameron Student Housing.

Preference will be given to individuals who have lived in Cameron University Student Housing for at least one semester prior to applying.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  To be considered, applicants will download and complete the Cameron student employment application, submit a current resume, three professional references (optional), current transcript, and a short answer to each of the following questions:

  1. How long have you lived in Student Housing?
  2. Why do you want to be a Resident Assistant?
  3. What is an issue you see in Student Housing? How would you address/improve it?
  4. What other activities are you involved in on campus? How would this impact your role as a Resident Assistant? 

All of these materials must be typed and returned to:

Alexandria Young     

Office of Student Housing

McMahon Learning Center

Office 101A

Your application will not be complete until all required materials are turned into the Student Housing Office.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Applications will be accepted until February 17th
  • Group Process invitations will be sent on February 18th
  • Resident Assistant Shadowing February 19th – 21st. (Must be available to shadow at least one hour 5:00pm-8:00pm on one day).
  • Group Process will be on February 24th and February 25th. You only have to attend one of these sessions.
  • Invitations for Individual Interviews will be sent on February 27th
  • Individual Interviews will be held February 28th, March 2nd, and March 3rd
  • Resident Assistant offers will be extended on March 6th with acceptance due by March 10th 12:00pm
  • All Resident Assistants and Alternates are required to be at RA Training. RA Training will start two weeks before the fall semester starts.

For any questions, please contact Alexandria Young at aknight@cameron.edu or call 580-581-2916.

Housing Contact Information

McMahon Center, Room 111
502 SW University Dr.
Lawton, OK 73505
Phone:
8am-5pm (580) 581-2392
5pm-8am Village- 580-483-3577
                North- 580-483-8326
                South- 580-483-8829
Email: housing@cameron.edu
Office Hours: M-F 8am-8pm

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Mission Statement:

The Office of Student Housing serves its residents by providing a quality living-learning environment that supports the educational and academic mission of Cameron University. We work to foster an environment that promotes inclusion, involvement and responsibility.